Franklin Templeton Expands and Restructures IO Team

October 5, 2010 ( – Franklin Templeton has announced a series of changes to its Investment-Only (IO) team.

A news release said the newest addition to the IO team is Tyler Johnson, who is transferring from Franklin Templeton’s retail sales division to serve as DCIO Key Account Manager.  Johnson will work closely with the team’s three existing senior DCIO specialists

The team also includes a five-member IO sales specialist group, headed by IO Sales Manager Peter Conneely, which serves both the defined contribution (DC) and variable annuity (VA) markets.  This group focuses on recordkeepers and VA providers, as well as providing support to financial advisers whose practices include a retirement plan component with practice management resources.

Supporting these DCIO and IO sales specialist groups are three IO hybrid specialists, serving primarily as internal sales support.

“We have seen a continuing consolidation of financial advisers who have reshaped their practices to compete effectively with traditional consultants for retirement plan business. And at the same time, there continues to be a large but fragmented financial adviser population that does occasional to moderate business with retirement plans and requires assistance in selling and servicing these plans,” said Franklin Templeton’s Investment-Only Division Head Yaqub Ahmed, in the news release. “In looking at the future of the investment-only market, we are realigning the structure of our IO sales team to serve the unique needs of each of these divergent groups of advisers and best support their chosen business models.”

By Nicole Bliman